When it comes khổng lồ country love songs, it"s hard to vị trí cao nhất Dolly Parton"s heartfelt "I Will Always Love You." Indeed, the bittersweet ballad grabbed the peak position on a new special, huannghe.edu.vn 40 Greatest Love Songs, which premiered Saturday (Feb. 12).

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During her interview for the special, Parton said, "Of course, "I Will Always Love You" is the biggest tuy nhiên so far in my career. I"m famous for several, but that one has been recorded by more people and made me more money, I think, than all of them. But that song did come from a true and deep place in my heart."

Parton was attempting to make a break from her role on Porter Wagoner"s syndicated television show at the time she wrote the song.

"I was trying khổng lồ get away on my own because I had promised to stay with Porter"s show for five years. I had been there for seven," she said. "And we fought a lot. We were very much alike. We were both stubborn. We both believed that we knew what was best for us. Well, he believed he knew what was best for me, too, and I believed that I knew more what was best for me at that time. So, needless lớn say, there was a lot of grief và heartache there, và he just wasn"t listening khổng lồ my reasoning for my going."

She continued, "I thought, "He"s never going khổng lồ listen. He"s just going khổng lồ bitch every day that I go in khổng lồ talk about this." So I thought, "Well, why don"t you vì chưng what you vì chưng best? Why don"t you just write this song?" Because I knew at that time I was going to lớn go, no matter what. So I went trang chủ and out of a very emotional place in me at that time, I wrote the song, "I Will Always Love You.""

Even though she was determined lớn move on, Parton especially wanted khổng lồ convey a message of gratitude in the song.

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"It"s saying, "Just because I"m going don"t mean I won"t love you. I appreciate you & I hope you vì chưng great and I appreciate everything you"ve done, but I"m out of here,"" she explained. basically what I was saying. Và I took it in the next morning. I said, "Sit down, Porter. I"ve written this song, and I want you khổng lồ hear it." So I did sing it. Và he was crying. He said, "That"s the prettiest tuy nhiên I ever heard. And you can go, providing I get to produce that record." & he did, and the rest is history."

The tuy nhiên climbed to No. 1 on the country chart in 1974. Eight years later, a new version she recorded for her film, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, peaked atop that chart, too. However, the soaring ballad exploded at pop radio when Whitney Houston lịch sự it in The Bodyguard, the 1992 movie produced by Kevin Costner, who also starred opposite Houston.

"Kevin Costner and his secretary are the ones that loved the song," Parton said. "They had another song that was going to go in that place, & someone had recorded the tuy nhiên they were going to lớn use. They were just in a panic at the last minute. And so they asked me about the song. I sent it. I didn"t hear anything more."

"They started out with it a cappella, and I thought, "That sounds familiar -- "If I should stay ... ."" & it didn"t hit me. It was just one of those things where , "What is that?" And, then all the sudden, when she started singing, "I will always love you," I just about wrecked the car," Parton said.

Houston"s dramatic rendition moved more than 4 million singles & won two Grammys. Meanwhile, The Bodyguard soundtrack sold a staggering 17 million copies.

"The effect that it had on the whole world was amazing," Parton said. "It"s been one of the biggest songs ever."